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The Ancient Macedonians had populated the more southerly portions of Macedon since pre-Classical times. The first Macedonian state emerged in the 8th or early 7th century BC under the Argead Dynasty, when the Macedonians are said to have migrated to the region from further west. Their first king is recorded as Perdiccas I.

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Macedonia under Roman Rule 'Artemis' Tetradrachm 020805

Macedonia under Roman Rule 'Artemis' Tetradrachm
Silver, 16.90 grams, 31.07 mm. First Region. 167-148 BC. Obverse: draped bust of Artemis right, wearing stephane, with bow and quiver over shoulder, all in tondo of Macedonian shield with stars in double circles around edge. Reverse: MAKEDONWN PRWTHS, horizontal club, SHDPR monogram above, TKE and TME monograms below, all within oak wreath, thunderbolt outside wreath to left. BMC 6; Mionnet I, 61; Pozzi 997. Near extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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Macedonia under Roman Rule 'Artemis' Tetradrachm 020805


Amphipolis

The Macedonian city of Amphipolis was founded by the Athenians in 436 BC to protect their mining interests in the north. Amphipolis surrendered to the Spartan general Brasides in 424 BC. The city preserved its independence until 357 BC when it was captured by Philip II, King of Macedon.


Philip II (359 BC - 336 BC.)

Born in Pella, Philip was the youngest son of the king Amyntas III and Eurydice II. In his youth, Philip was a hostage in Thebes, the leading city of Greece during the Theban hegemony. While a captive there, Philip received a military and diplomatic education from Epaminondas. He became involved in a pederastic relationship with Pelopidas, and lived with Pammenes, who was an enthusiastic advocate of the Sacred Band of Thebes. In 364 BC Philip returned to Macedon. The deaths of his elder brothers, King Alexander II and Perdiccas III, allowed him to take the throne in 359 BC. His son Alexander The Great was born in 355 BC.

Philip II of Macedonia 'Youth on Horseback' AE 19 024275

Philip II of Macedonia 'Youth on Horseback' AE 19
Bronze, 5.26 grams, 18.40 mm. Macedonia. 359-336 BC. Obverse: head of Apollo right, hair bound in a taenia. Reverse: FILIPPOY above naked youth on horse prancing right, Pi below. SNG ANS 944-947; Sear 6696ff. Very fine and better.
£45.00

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Philip II of Macedonia 'Youth on Horseback' AE 19 024275
Philip II of Macedonia 'Youth on Horseback' AE18 025568

Philip II of Macedonia 'Youth on Horseback' AE18
Bronze, 6.67 grams, 17.10 mm. Macedonia. 359-336 BC. Obverse: head of Apollo right, hair bound in a taenia. Reverse: FILIPPOY, youth on horse prancing right, AV monogram in left field, bow below. SNG ANS 898-901. Very fine/good very fine.

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Philip II of Macedonia 'Youth on Horseback' AE18 025568


Philip III (359 BC. – December 25, 317 BC.)

Philip III Arrhidaeus was king of Macedon from June 10, 323 BC until his death. He was a son of King Philip II of Macedon by Philinna of Larissa, allegedly a Thessalian dancer, and a half-brother of Alexander the Great. Named Arrhidaeus at birth, he assumed the name Philip when he ascended to the throne. In Plutarch's report, he became both physically and mentally disabled following a poisoning attempt by Philip II's wife, Queen Olympias, who wanted to eliminate a possible rival to her son Alexander. However, this may just be malicious gossip, and there is no evidence that Olympias really caused her stepson's condition. Alexander was very fond of him, and took him on his campaigns, both to protect his life and to ensure he would not be used as a pawn in a challenge for the throne. After Alexander's untimely death in Babylon, Arrhidaeus was proclaimed king by the Macedonian army in Asia. However, he was a mere figurehead, and a pawn of the powerful generals, one after the other. His reign and his life did not last long.

Philip III of Macedonia 'TI' Zeus Drachm 027377

Philip III of Macedonia 'TI' Zeus Drachm
Silver, 4.17 grams, 15.63 mm. Sardes. 323-319 BC. Obverse: head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. Reverse: FILIPPOY, Zeus seated left, one leg drawn back, holding eagle and sceptre; eagle standing left and TI in left field. Price P93; cf Sear Greece 6750ff. Very fine and better. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£120.00

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Philip III of Macedonia 'TI' Zeus Drachm 027377
Philip III of Macedonia 'Zeus' Tetradrachm 025628

Philip III of Macedonia 'Zeus' Tetradrachm
Silver, 16.53 grams, 25.35 mm. Susa. 320-316 BC. Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. Reverse: BASILEWS (below) FILIPPOY (to right), Zeus seated left, legs uncrossed, holding eagle and sceptre. LA above strut of throne. Price P208; Mueller Price 85; cf Sear Greece 6748. Good very fine.
£350.00

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Philip III of Macedonia 'Zeus' Tetradrachm 025628
Philip III of Macedonia 'Zeus' Tetradrachm 025623

Philip III of Macedonia 'Zeus' Tetradrachm
Silver, 17.13 grams, 28.58 mm. Arados. 323-316 BC. Obverse: head of Herakles right, in lionskin headdress. Reverse: FILIPPOY to right, BASILEWS beneath Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre; SE monogram within circle above bunch of grapes in left field, Greek X beneath chair. Price P155; Mueller 55; cf Sear 6748. Near extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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Philip III of Macedonia 'Zeus' Tetradrachm 025623
Philip III 'Zeus' Tetradrachm 020803

Philip III 'Zeus' Tetradrachm
Silver, 17.11 grams, 27.13 mm. Babylon. Struck under Perdikkas 323-317 BC. Obverse: head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Reverse: FILIPPOY to left, BASILEWS below, Zeus seated left, right leg drawn back, holding eagle and sceptre; wheel and P monogram to left, P monogram beneath throne. Price P189 or P191; Muller P29; cf Sear 6750 (control marks). About very fine.
£260.00

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Philip III 'Zeus' Tetradrachm 020803


Alexander The Great (356 BC - 323 BC.)

Alexandros III Philippou Makedonon (Alexander the Great, Alexander III of Macedon), King of Macedonia, was born in late July 356 BC in Pella, Macedonia. He was one of the greatest military genius in history. He conquered much of what was then the civilized world, driven by his divine ambitions of world conquest and the creation of a universal world monarchy.

Alexander III (The Great) 'Zeus and Eagle' Tetradrachm 027543

Alexander III (The Great) 'Zeus and Eagle' Tetradrachm
Silver, 16.97 grams, 28.37 mm. Unclear mint (Magnesia?). Circa 323-319 BC. Obverse: head of Herakles right in lionskin headdress. Reverse: ALEXANDROY, Zeus seated left, legs crossed, holding eagle and sceptre, symbol and AR monogram in left field. cf Sear Greece 6728-6731. Good very fine/very fine.
£395.00

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Alexander III (The Great) 'Zeus and Eagle' Tetradrachm 027543
Alexander III (The Great) 'Zeus and Eagle' Tetradrachm 027544

Alexander III (The Great) 'Zeus and Eagle' Tetradrachm
Silver, 16.53 grams, 25.92 mm. Sardes. Circa 323-319 BC. Obverse: head of Herakles right in lionskin headdress. Reverse: ALEXANDROY, Zeus seated left, legs crossed, holding eagle and sceptre, TI in left field, ivy leaf beneath throne. Price 2610: Mueller 249. Extremely fine.
£395.00

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Alexander III (The Great) 'Zeus and Eagle' Tetradrachm 027544
Alexander III (The Great) 'Zeus' Silver Tetradrachm 023750

Rare Alexander III (The Great) 'Zeus' Silver Tetradrachm
Silver, 17.10 grams, 25.03 mm. 311-295 BC. Ecbatana mint. Obverse: head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. Reverse: ALEXANDROU, Zeus seated left, right leg drawn back, holding eagle and sceptre; IDO monogram above anchor upright in left field; MI omega monogram beneath throne. Price 3918. Good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£650.00

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Alexander III (The Great) 'Zeus' Silver Tetradrachm 023750
Alexander III (The Great) Struck by Seleukos I Nikator 'Lion's Head' Zeus Tetradrachm 025631

Alexander III (The Great) Struck by Seleukos I Nikator 'Lion's Head' Zeus Tetradrachm
Silver, 16.59 grams, 25.91 mm. Babylon. 311-300 BC. Obverse: head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. Reverse: BASILEWS below, ALEXANDROY to right, Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, MI over lion's head left in left field, MYT monogram under throne. Price 3759; Mueller 743. Extremely fine.
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Alexander III (The Great) Struck by Seleukos I Nikator 'Lion's Head' Zeus Tetradrachm 025631
Alexander III (The Great) 'I Delta Monogram' Tetradrachm 024916

Excessively Rare Alexander III (The Great) 'I Delta Monogram' Tetradrachm
Silver, 14.53 grams, 28.14 mm. Tyre mint. 336-323 BC. Obverse: no legend, head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. Reverse: ALEXANDROU, Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre. HAI monogram within Omega in left field, I Delta within circle beneath throne. Price 3531 var (I Delta monogram); SNG Cop. 812 var (ditto); Mueller -; cf. Sear Greek 6713ff. Possibly unpublished with this mark configuration beneath the throne. Near extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£1,250.00

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Alexander III (The Great) 'I Delta Monogram' Tetradrachm 024916
Alexander III (The Great) 'B Over TI' Zeus Drachm 024566

Alexander III (The Great) 'B Over TI' Zeus Drachm
Silver, 4.24 grams, 17.39 mm. Kolophon mint. 310-301 BC. Obverse: no legend, head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Reverse: ALEXANDROY to right of Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, B over TI to left, P beneath seat. Price 1808; Muller 796; SNG Cop 928; cf Sear 6728-6731. Extremely fine with original mint lustre.
£160.00

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Alexander III (The Great) 'B Over TI' Zeus Drachm 024566


Lysimachos (323/2-281 BC)

Lysimachos was born around 360 BC to Thessalian Greek parents who had migrated to Macedonia. He served in the army of Philip II and was appointed to the select somatophylakes (royal bodyguards) under Alexander the Great. After the death of Alexander he was given a satrapy consisting of Thrace and parts of north-western Asia Minor. He supported the various coalitions that included Seleukos, Ptolemy and Kassandros against the growing power of Antigonos Monophthalmos. Like the other major successor generals, he proclaimed himself king in 305/4 BC. He already acted as an independent dynast in Thrace where four years earlier he destroyed Kardia in the Thracian Chersonesos so that he could replace it with his own capital named Lysimacheia. Lysimachos was instrumental in the final destruction of Antigonos at the battle of Ipsos in 301 BC. It fell to him and his army to hold the Antigonid forces in Asia Minor until Seleukos could arrive from the east with his war elephants and deliver the coup de grace. Because of the great risks that he undertook Lysimachos received the majority of Antigonos' old possessions in Asia Minor. Despite some difficulties with native Thracian tribal chiefs (he was briefly held hostage by one in 292 BC) as well as an alliance of Skythian nomads and Greek cities, Lysimachos wrested the very throne of Macedonia from Demetrios Poliorketes in 285. Lysimachos was killed by the forces of Seleukoson in 281 BC .

Lysimachus, King of Thrace 'Athena' Tetradrachm 022750

Lysimachus, King of Thrace 'Athena' Tetradrachm
Silver, 13.11 grams, 27.89 mm. Thrace. 323-281 BC. Obverse: no legend, diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing horn of Ammon. Reverse: BASILEWS LUSIMACOU, to left and right of Athena seated left, holding Nike, arm resting on shield. Sear 6814ff. Good very fine/good fine.

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Lysimachus, King of Thrace 'Athena' Tetradrachm 022750


History of The Macedonian Kingdom

Around the time of Alexander I of Macedon, the Macedonians began to expand into Eordaia, Bottiaea, Pieria, Mygdonia, and Almopia. Near the modern city of Veria, King Perdiccas I (or, more likely, his son, Argaeus I) built his capital, Aigai (modern Vergina). After a brief period of Persian overlordship under Darius Hystaspes, the state regained its independence under King Alexander I (495–450 BC). Prior to the 4th century BC, the kingdom covered a region approximately corresponding to the province of Macedonia in modern Greece. It became increasingly Hellenized during this period, though prominent Greeks appear to have regarded the Macedonians as uncouth. A unified Macedonian state was eventually established by King Amyntas III (c. 393–370 BC ), though it still retained strong contrasts between the cattle-rich coastal plain and the fierce isolated tribal hinterland, allied to the king by marriage ties. They controlled the passes through which barbarian invasions came from Illyria to the north and north-west. Amyntas had three sons; the first two, Alexander II and Perdiccas III reigned only briefly. Perdiccas III's infant heir was deposed by Amyntas' third son, Philip II of Macedon, who made himself king and ushered in a period of Macedonian dominance of Greece. Philip's son Alexander the Great (356–323 BC) managed to briefly extend Macedonian power not only over the central Greek city-states, but also to the Persian empire, including Egypt and lands as far east as the fringes of India. Alexander's adoption of the styles of government of the conquered territories was accompanied by the spread of Greek culture and learning through his vast empire. Although the empire fractured into multiple Hellenic regimes shortly after his death, his conquests left a lasting legacy, not least in the new Greek-speaking cities founded across Persia's western territories, heralding the Hellenistic period.



Greek Coin Book and Other References:

Mionnet = Mionnet, Theodore Edme Description De Medailles Antiques, Grecques Et Romaines
Imhoof = Imhoof-Blumer, von F    Kleinasiatische Münzen
RecGen = Waddington, William Henry    Recueil General des Monnaies Greques d'Asie Mineure
BMC = British Museum Catalogues
SNG = Volumes of the worldwide SNG project    Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum,
Moushmov = Moushmov, Nikola    Ancient Coins of the Balkan Peninsula
GIC = Sear, David R    Greek Imperial Coins & Their Values
RPC = Reinach & Hill    Roman Provincial Coinage
Varbanov = Varbanov, Ian    Greek Imperial Coins, Vols. 1-3
MacDonald = University of Glasgow    Catalogue of Greek Coins in the Hunterian Collection
WW = Wildwinds.com (reference & attribution site)



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